Most Successful Anime Franchises
The Top Ten
1 Dragon Ball
Dragon Ball is a Japanese anime television series produced by Toei Animation. It made anime popular in America and is based on the manga of the same name by Akira Toriyama. It was dubbed in English on Cartoon Networks Toonami block and still has many fans today.
This anime is still going strong to this day despite its dark years (i.e. Dragon Ball GT). - Fortifier
Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets.
There is no competition to the international phenomenon that is Pokemon, and it doesn't look like there will be any time soon! With one of the longest-running anime series and a vast array of video games and merchandise, Pokemon is the most successful anime franchise of all time! - Fortifier
I'd say Pokemon has the most successful games, rather than the anime itself. - Goku02
I think pokemon is in the lead. Because its games and movies gross is above than dragon ball and don't forget anime...
Its first movie got 134,192,000$(approx)...
Naruto is an anime and manga franchise Naruto, created by Masashi Kishimoto. The manga was later adapted into a television anime, which was produced by Studio Pierrot and Aniplex. It premiered across Japan on the terrestrial TV Tokyo and other TX Network stations on October 3, 2002. The first series ...read more.
I know I will be pissing off some pirates viewing this because One Piece is more successful in Japan than Naruto. However, on an international level Naruto is far more successful. - Fortifier
NARUTO is a legend for real
This is best franchise for sure.
4 One Piece
One Piece is a manga franchise created by Eiichiro Oda. The manga has been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) produced by Production I.G in 1998, and an anime series produced by Toei Animation, which began broadcasting in Japan in 1999 and has aired 749 episodes to date.
5 Death Note
Death Note is a Japanese television drama series based on the manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.
The show is centered around Light Yagami a promising highschooler and aspiring detective with a strong sense of "justice".
6 Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan, also known as Shingeki no Kyojin in Japanese, created by Hajime Isayama, is one of the most popular Japanese anime series to be released. It was first watched in Japan during 2013 and was dubbed in English to be watched in America in 2014. It is best known for its emotional moments, ...read more.
This is an anime that I go and rewatch over and over again, despite the death. But isn't that what makes the story interesting? Season 2 exceeded my expectations!
8 Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva, is a Japanese animated television series produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production, and directed by Hideaki Anno.
10 Monogatari Series
11 Fate Series
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